With all the slimming clubs, magazines telling us what to eat, gyms opening everywhere and ‘healthy’ foods available you would think that we would all be slim and healthy. Yet take a look around and you will see a predominantly fat nation. Overweight is the norm and acceptable, after all, we don’t like to stand out from the crowd do we?
So what is keeping all those slim people locked inside fat bodies?
Could it be the amazing skill we have developed for self-deception when it comes to our health and weight?
Do the words ‘It’s ok because I’ll burn it off exercising” sound familiar? So many believe they can eat anything because an hour in the gym or a run round the block once or twice a week will burn off the calories.
Then there are those seemingly intelligent people who think a sausage roll or pasty or a takeaway are ok because they only have them occasionally and they can save a few calories by drinking diet pop.
And worst of all are those that think it is ok to be overweight and unfit because it’s in their genes.
But being overweight is just the start of the problem that then leads to diabetes, heart disease and joint problems to name a few. And whilst the nation gets fatter and sicker, the drug companies rub their hands together in glee; food manufacturers come up with new convenience foods that are low in something so they can be branded as diet or health food and sold at higher prices.
The self-deception is fueled by the commercial world that tell you that you are doing everything right by eating low fat healthy food and popping pills to control your health. But if that’s true why are we still getting fatter? Could it be that we are being told lies? How could that be possible when the government is telling us that all we need to do is eat low fat, get our five a day and try to walk a bit more? Our doctors are stretched too thin to give us any real help and get to the root of problems so they nod sympathetically and send us away with a prescription in hand.
So if you really want to lose the weight and get healthier you need to be prepared to help yourself. Much of the thinking behind the modern ‘healthy’ diet is based on outdated and inaccurate research. But good information is out there if you are willing to look for it and more importantly, read it with an open mind that will experience numerous light bulb moments. Primal or Paleo diets have been around for some time and deliver real long-term results for those who put their health above the instant gratification of eating junk. But when told that fat is good for you and it’s carbohydrates that make you fat, many people will dive back under the comfort blanket of deception to get away from the fear of life without bread, pasta, cakes, potatoes, sweets and puddings.
Dare you be different and stand out from the crowd, slim, healthy and actively enjoying life for many years to come!